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Deep Dive into the Boston Retail Scene

As the world’s largest food retail market, the US remains a hotbed of innovation. It is also home to three of the world’s largest food retailers, Walmart, Costco and Kroger. Consequently, many of the developments in the market are shaping initiatives across Europe and Asia. 

Over the last year, there has been an accelerating pace of change. Driven by retailers looking to grow their presence in the online grocery channel, 2018 saw increased investment in technology and supply chains. Several new strategic partnerships were made in this space. Kroger and Ocado, Albertsons and Takeoff Technologies and Walmart and Alert Innovation have brought robotic, automated fulfillment into full view.

However, the sector is being shaped by more than just ecommerce. While new space growth is slowing for most retailers, remodels and new formats are helping several to positioning themselves for the future of retail. This is leading to a new wave of immersive in-store experiences. A focus on fresh and prepared foods and the fusion with foodservice is a trend which many retailers are aiming to ride.

New formats are being developed which aim to inspire shoppers. Many of these share common characteristics:

  • Smaller format stores, often featuring new, locally-relevant banners
  • Contemporary, urban-focused design
  • Food hall based layout, incorporating fresh and prepared foods together
  • Strong focus on fresh, organic and natural products along with increased space for products and services centred on health and wellness 
  • Relatively smaller grocery centre store, with high penetration of private label ranges and smaller, start-up brands

Boston brings many of these trends to life. The market is shaped by international, regional and local operators, resulting in a highly diversified food retail scene. Our store visit programme provides you with an opportunity to:

  • See some of the best concepts in action, getting a better understanding of what it takes to win in the market
  • Grow your practical understanding of the latest innovations in retail
  • Help shape your view of retail evolution and the implications for your business
  • Gain insight into new products, packaging development, merchandising techniques, store equipment and ways to engage shoppers
  • Meet with retail executives

The Store Tour is included in the FLP Conference official programme.

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